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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | | Drama | 9 January 1998 (USA)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.


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Top Rated Movies #107 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »



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Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$272,912 (USA) (5 December 1997)


$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First film in Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier's filmography to receive Oscar recognition. Though they weren't nominated themselves, they were still instrumental in getting the films production even happening. Kevin Smith was friends with Ben Affleck after his casting in Mallrats (1996), then cast him as the lead in Chasing Amy (1997) following. Matt Damon's cameo role along with Brian O'Halloran as television producers, was after Affleck introduced the pair & led to them giving Smith the screenplay, leading it landing with Harvey Weinstien of Miramax. See more »


When Sean is packing his suitcase at the end of the movie, the window to his left has the curtains closed. But in the very next shot, the curtains are open as the camera is looking at Sean's left side. See more »


[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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Crazy Credits

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20 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The name of the film always put me off watching it. Ever so glad i was convinced in to it.

Only the fact that there is so much bad language and for Titanic being released in the same year this would have swept the boards in the Oscars!

I hate Robin Williams as a comedian, but i was in tears after watching his timeless performance. I love most of the classic movies but this is definitely the best film i have ever seen

Mat Damon played a great part, showing the full spectrum of emotions in his role.

I've ever gone out and bought the soundtrack to the film, i've watched it half a dozen times and always go right through to the final credits.

Pure brilliance!

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